Martin & Co LXM
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LXM, Otra Guitarra Folk from Martin & Co in the Little Martin series.

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heads on fire 26/12/2011

Martin & Co LXM : la opinión de heads on fire (content in English)

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Martin LXM Java Mahogany Features:
Construction: Mortise/Tenon Neck Joint
Body Size: Modified 0 - 14 Fret
Top: Spruce Pattern High-pressure Laminate Textured Finish
Rosette: Gold & Black Style Herringbone
Top Bracing Pattern: Modified 1 Style
Top Braces: Crowned Cross Brace & Graphite Bowtie Plate
Back Material: Java Mahogany Pattern High-pressure Laminate
Side Material: Java Mahogany Patter High-pressure Laminate
Neck Material: Natural Stratabond
Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval
Nut Material: White Corian
Headstock: Solid/Square Taper
Headplate: Java Mahogany Pattern High-pressure Laminate
Fingerboard Material: Solid Morado or Solid East Indian Rosewood
Scale Length: 23"
Number of Frets Clear: 14
Number of Frets Total: 20
Fingerboard Width At Nut: 1 11/16
Fingerboard Width At 12th Fret: 2 1/16
Bridge Material: Solid Morado or Solid East Indian Rosewood
Bridge Style: 1 Style Belly
Bridge String Spacing: 2 1/8
Saddle: Compensated White Tusq
Tuning Machines: Chrome w/ Small Knobs
Recommended Strings: Martin M550 Phosphor Bronze
Bridge & End Pins: White w/Black Dots
Case: Padded Gig Bag
Interior Label: Gold Foil Label

UTILIZATION

This is a very neat entry from Martin. The LXM is a guitar built with travelers and smaller hands in mind, but with a more traditional tone and appearance than the higher-selling Backpacker guitar. Finish and fit are excellent for a guitar this size, and the fretwork is top notch. The playability is as good as guitars costing 4 times this price! And the wood grain is very unusual, yet pleasing to the eye.

SOUNDS

In a tonal comparison between this guitar and the Backpacker, this guitar wins hands-down. The clarity is there, like its older and odder brother, but the elegant curves of the body enhance the lower end frequencies more, providing a rich acoustic timbre for chording and fingerpicking. It'll certainly never be a pre-war D28, but it certainly sounds great for the size, application, and price point.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall, this is one of my most recommended guitars for backpacking, camping, travel, and smaller hands. I think Martin has a real winner on their hands. 9 out of 10 overall.